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Local News April 24, 2014

Lower prices for Cypriot tourists

By Evie Andreou

TRAVEL agents are offering reduced holiday packages to travelling Cypriots this summer, the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents (ACTA) said on Wednesday.

At a press conference to announce the opening of the 17th annual travel exhibition, Taxidi 2014 on Friday, ACTA’s president Victor Mantovani said there had been a 10% increase on outgoing travels in the first three months of this year and that more Cypriots travelled abroad during Easter than they had in 2013.

He urged…

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America’s Grim Legacy in Iraq

By John Tirman

The Iraq War is now eleven years old, still tearing up the country but no longer with the assistance of U.S. troops. Between 500,000 and 700,000 people died in 2003-2011. The monthly civilian toll now is as high as it’s been since 2008. It is a riven country, at odds with itself, fending off jihadists from Syria, morally and physically drained by more than twenty years of war (starting with Operation Desert Storm in 1991) and crippling…

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The Philippines’ Gambit in the South China Sea

By Jay L. Batongbacal

Tensions between the China and the Philippines spiked last March when a small civilian boat was confronted by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel about 175 km from the Philippine coast. The boat was trying to bring soldiers, food, and water to a remote outpost on a grounded derelict on Second Thomas Shoal, which serves as the Philippines’ last line of defence against further Chinese incursions into its waters in the South China Sea (SCS). The incident…

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International News April 23, 2014

FBI seeks to identify victims of suspected child molester abroad

U.S. authorities have asked the public to help identify as many as 90 possible victims of a suspected child predator who worked at American and other international schools in at least nine countries.

The suspect, William James Vahey, 64, worked at the schools since 1972 and committed suicide on March 21 in Luverne, Minnesota, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday.

He killed himself two days after agents in Houston sought a warrant to search a computer thumb drive…

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It’s ‘Russian military’, not ‘pro-Russian forces’

By Borys Humeniuk

AFTER the anschluss of Crimea, the Kremlin went to the second stage of the war on Ukraine. They started a covert operation in the country’s East.

They stick to the same routine as in Crimea. First – deploying professional military and mercenaries on Ukrainian territory. Second – paying local radicals and criminals to pose as “pro-Russian forces”. Third – trying to make it look like a turmoil coming from within.

But it doesn’t look like that at…

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Local News April 23, 2014

Nicosia district selects graduates to man polling stations

By Staff reporter

THE Nicosia District Administration (NDA) offices held a public draw on Tuesday to decide which unemployed university graduates will be staffing polling stations in the May 25 European parliament elections.

The list of all those selected is posted on the NDA’s website www.moi.gov.cy/da . Only the graduates’ ID card number is posted and according to a representative of the NDA, all selected graduates will be notified via text to bring to NDA headquarters a copy of their…

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International News April 22, 2014

Nine killed in attacks in Pakistan’s volatile northwest

Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan’s volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end years of fighting with Taliban insurgents through peace negotiations. Talks began in February but have achieved little.

On Tuesday, three people were killed and 33 others, including 12 policemen, were wounded in…

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Football April 22, 2014

Championship decider at GSP?

By Iacovos Constantinou

More than 16.000 fans are expected are expected to pack the GSP stadium late Tuesday afternoon for the game between league leaders AEL and the team snapping at their heels, APOEL.

APOEL, trailing AEL by three points, know that a loss today will ultimately end their title aspirations but a win will put them level on points with the Limassol outfit and will turn this championship into the most closely contested one since the playoffs were introduced.

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International News April 21, 2014

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva Accord

At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine’s Western-backed government, with each questioning the other’s compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia’s ties with the West more fraught than at…

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Liverpool go five clear in Premier League title race

Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City on Sunday, opening up a five-point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.

Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for a place in next season’s Champions League with a 3-0 win at Hull City in a dress-rehearsal for next month’s FA Cup final.

Two goals to Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez’s 30th league strike of the season helped…

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